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in the morning, and at the end of the day, they're dead. >> with them, street to stree, as they fight assad's army. >> we are returning now, after the attack. it just shows you how brave they are, and at the same time, how disorganized they are. >> guardicorrespondent for frontlinghaith abdul-ahad, takes you inside the battle for syria. and later tonight, the regime responds. >> the regime now is bombarding civilian neighborhoods with artillery, with tank fire, and with fighter bombers. >> how is president bashar al-assad holding on to power? >> the iranians are gaining influence in syria now by the day. >> and what will happen if asd falls? >> there is definitely increasing worry in the united states administration about in whose hands these weapons are falling. >> these two stories on this special edition frontline. >> frontline is made possible by contributions to your pbs station from viewers like you. thank you. and by the corporation for public broadcasting. major funding is provided by the john d. and catherine t. macarthur foundation, committed to building a more just, verdant
heights were united in their support for the government of president bashar al assad, but divisions have begun to emerge. >> reporter: arabs living in golan heights are determined to keep their identity as syrians. under the israeli occupation. they refuse to adopt israeli nationality. many hope that assad's government will win back control of golan heights from israel. eddin is a firm supporter of assad. he blames other countries for the fighting in syria. >> translator: what's happening in syria is the result of maneuvering by the united states written in gulf nations. syria was a united nation before they planned the split. >> reporter: a massive rally was held to express solidarity with the assad government. eddin was one of the organizers. he repeated his support for a strong government. >> translator: so many people are gathered here today. all of you are rallying behind assad. >> reporter: but a rift is emerging among the residents of golan heights. a silent protest was held against president assad. the participants are holding up blank signs. the message is stop the bloodshed. as
of refugees fleeing the company's is mounting. >> they met with president assad in damascus to seek an end to the situation in the war torn country. >> they met for 45 minutes. he left damascus -- left damascus with a promise of the red cross could operate in damascus as long as the state impartial. >> the meeting in touched on issues related to the protection of the civilian population. during the conduct of hostility, the necessity for immediate access to health care services, to food and other basic necessities that have increased due to the continuing fighting. >> the lack of such necessities and the fear of violence are forcing people to flee in their thousands. this amateur footage claims to show clashes in a northern town. rebel forces say they are besieging the government stronghold a few kilometers from the turkish border. turkey has set up refugee camps for some 80,000 people who have fled to its territory alone. the u.n. says the civil war has created 235,000 refugees, almost half of them in the last month. >> while germany's foreign minister has called for a transitional govern
of president bashar al assad, but divisions have begun to emerge. nhk world explains. >> reporter: arabs livinging in golan heights are fighting to keep their identity. many hoped that the government would win back control of golan heights from israel. >> hassan fakh eddin is a firm supporter and blames other countries for the fighting in sya. >> translator: what's happening in syria is the result of maneuvering bite united states, britain and gulf nations. syria was a united nation before they planned the split. >> reporter: a massive rally was held to express solidarity with the assad government. haddin was one of the organizers. he repeated his call for strong support for the government. >> translator: so many people are gathered here today. alof you areallying bend a assad. >> reporter: but a rift is emerging among the residents of golan heights. a silent protest was held against president assad. the participants are hding up blank signs. the message is stop the bloodshed. as a civil war intensifies, more people are saying publicly that they can no longer support assad. they drew
in their support for the government of assad but divisions have begun to emerge. >> reporter: arabs are determined to keep their identity as syrians under israeli occupation. they refuse to adopt israeli nationality. many hope that the government will w back control of golan heights from israel. he's a firm supporter of assad. he blames other countries for the fighting in syria. >> translator: what's happening in syria is the result of the united states written in gulf nations. syria is a united nation before they planned the split. >> reporter: a massive rally was held to express with the assad government. he repeated his call for strong support for the government. >> translator: so many people are gathered here today. all you have are rallying behind assad. >> reporter: a silent protest was held. they are holding up blank signs. the message is stop the bloodshed. as the civil war intensifies more people are saying publicly that they can no longer support assad. they drew the arabic word freedom arranging candles. he used to support assad but he thinks the government is disgraci his homeland with
that before a dialogue can start, president assad must go. they do not have the support for the rebels. the presyrian army which has been dominated by the muslim brotherhood is not the only group who is fighting the government. the elements associated with al-qaeda, the other terrorists groups also present. this is an all out civil war with increasing international component as i said. and it's, it's terrible. >>ose: what's the russian, okay, is it a stalemate now? do you think the rebels are winning because they seem to from a distance seem to be gaining territory. >> depends on to who you listen. information from the government, i don't have any objective independent source of giving any assessment of the military situation. we are concerned more not with who is winning but with how to stop it. >> rose: what do you suggest the world do to stop it? >> well, we suggest to do what we all agreed to do in geneva on the 30th of june when the initiative of -- supported by us, there was a meeting, ministerial meeting with five dominant members of the security council, arab league in the pe
. >>> earlier this week bashar al-assad gave a rare interview to journalists addressing accusations by the international community of being a violent, tyrannical dictator. here to defend him are assad's two best friends from growing up. [ cheers and applause ] >> hey, hello. >> hi. so now, president assad's forces have openly attacked thousands of protesters all over syria, and is considered to be one of the most dangerous leaders alive. you say you're his friends. do you guys actually like him? >> oh yeah. >> oh yeah, definitely. >> absolutely. >> i mean, he's our buddy, and he's like, always there for us. >> yeah, yeah, we hang out all the time. we just get along. you know, he's a good guy. i mean, i feel like sometimes he thinks a lot more about himself than other people. >> yeah, yeah, like -- okay, we were at my friend's baby shower, and everyone was like, "oh look at those cute little boots, that cute jumper --" >> and bash comes back and he's like, "oh you think all this stuff is cool? you should see my army." i'm like, "nobody cares." [ laughter ] >> nobody cares. and also,
by without a funeral. this is the heartland of president assad and his community. there is space to mourn his troops. the syrians who die at their hands do not get that chance. this lieutenant makes his final journey up the steps of his family home. his mother waits. in this war, grief is not just personal. he is not her son, nor mine. his mother is syria, his aunt tells me. as grief wells up, so does anger. "we are good muslims," she shouts. "those who slaughter violate every religion." for many here, this war threatens their very identity. that is why members of this minority sect are ready to defend it and their president with their lives. >> another young man buried him, another soldier dead -- buried, another soldier dead. in villages like this, their support for their president, bashar al-assad, and syria, has not died. >> their are two sides. -- there are two sides. we do not like the conflict. we do not want it. but we do what we are compelled to do. >> syrians are dying everyday. many more on the other side. everyone says they want peace. with each new grade, it seems further away --
with david lesch, author of the new book, "syria: the fall of the house of assad." i actually met with bishara lessard, interviewed him many times as well as syrian officials fear professor of middle east history as well as trinity university, welcome to the table. thank you for being here. >> guest: thank you for having me. >> opposition calls for overthrow by sheer al-assad at a rare meeting of the entire machine groups held in the government controlled capital of damascus in an attempt at a gathering to position itself as an alternative to the armed rebels, citing the internal opposition on the syrian to cater. who are these people and what do you make of what they are saying? >> that's a good question. many fault lines in the syrian opposition. differences between the exiled syrian opposition a set of s-sierra, those fighting and dying on the ground in syria and those who are little more religious commission may come a arab opposition and those that are more secular opposition. and then you have those calling for the overthrow of the regime and those that are still blind to ne
to the people who were fighting for this ideal. when they comes assad leave the office if you don't have a plan in place it is already too late. >> no wonder if you can pick this up. listening to these two gentlemen that there is no u.n. security council resolution. you have a chinese and russians against any action. different situation for a lot of reasons than libya, a country that is tired, of afghanistan and iraq. talking to the president of the united states you're looking at the stakes and the stakes are outlined dramatically here. what does he do in syria and what contacts should he do it? >> that is the fundamental question and it would be nice if syria were as compact and differentiated that the answers are obvious. i don't think they are. i think if assad left tomorrow you wouldn't have a very different syria. syria and lebanon are the most intermixed countries possible in the world. ethnically, religiously, very complicated. yes, you have a seat shift sunni. that goes -- the turks's attitude and iraqis attitude. not on the same side on this one. if we intervene in syria, it is not ob
was not endorsed. >> host: do you worry that they annan peace plan gave assad a fig leaf, and was in the process of negotiations but actually just to carry on killing people? >> guest: that's what some people say. but i believe that the elements of the six-point plan will have to be implemented as we go sooner or later. it was designed to end the violence. to ensure that the thousands who are in prison, would be released. free access to humanitarian help. and so forth and so on to create an environment that will lead us to the political discussion which will have to come, but when they say that it gave assad -- first of all, let me put it this way. i came in a year after the conflict started. and i'm sure they're going to say the same about braheimi. what is it that should have been done, could have been done, by the international community that the discussion and the mediation stopped us from doing. i also felt that if we had had a concerted and determined support, with pressure on the parties, we probably could have had a chance with the plan. >> host: support and pressure from where. >> guest
is expected to visit damascus in a few days to meet with president bashar al assad. brahimi met egyptian president mohamed morsi and arab lgue secretary general in cairo. brahimi says 5,000 people died in august alone. >> translator: the dangerous situation in syria will lead the whole region to collapse into turmoil. >> brahimi says he's ready to present a new peace plan to the government and opposition forces. he says the objective is to create a cease-fire and to bring stability, but he says he needs cooperation from four regional powers, egypt, saudi arabia, iran, and turkey. >>> a general who defected from syria says he's against foreign military intervention. instead, former brigadier general talas is calling on other countries to provide material support for opposition forces including weapons. talas is one of the most senior commanders to defect from the assad regime. he spoke in an interview with a french tv network. talas said as government leaders kept lying, he came to believe in opposition calls for democracy. he fled to france in july with the help of french intelligence ag
, are you saying assad is insensitive? >> no, no, no. >> no, no. he's a true friend. love the guy. i just feel like -- he get's like -- he get's like, impatient in social situations. so, we're leaving the baby shower. >> yeah, and he's like, "i'm going to go get my car." and we're like, "oh, can we get a ride with you? we're on the way. >> he was getting all weird. >> yeah. >> and then, he was like, "oh, actually, i want to stay. why don't you guys get a cab?" >> we're like, "what?" we're like, "why are you being so weird?" and he's like, "you guys dragged me to this thing, and i've been waiting around all day for you." >> "i'm so stressed and i've got this whole country to run." i'm like, "today's about the baby." >> it's about the baby. >> it's about the baby. >> i cannot hear a word you guys are saying. [ laughter ] based on your faces are you saying assad has problems with anger and rage? >> no, it's -- it's kind of like how you feel about the new cast members? >> no, the new cast members are great. i think they're -- i will say that they haven't quite learned -- [ laughter ] -- how t
pledged their support for the syrian government. salahi met with president assad. salahi was quoted as saying serious conflict is best resolved within the country. it is interpreted as assad to end the civil war. the leadership in tehran wants to prevent the collapse of the administration. western nations and arab nations allied with the united states condemned the government accusing it of supplying weapons to the assad regime. he met earlier in cairo with the foreign ministers of egypt, turkey and saudi arabia. he demand that other nations stay out of the country's domestic affairs. egyptian and turkish leaders demand that assad step down. >>> a british newspaper syrian government leaders have given serious thought to using chemical weapons against their own people. the allegation appeared in an interview in the times newspaper. the newspaper quotes a former army officer who was in charge of syria's chemical arsenal. he held the post until three months ago. the unnamed official said he took part in a meeting where military officials discussed using chemical weapons. he said they c
government. he met in damascus with president bashar al assad. syria's conflict is best resolved within the country. political analysts interpreted that as implying that assad should put an end to civil war. leadership in tehran wants to prevent collapse of his administration. western nations and arab nations allied with the united states, condemn the government and accuse it of applying weapons to the assad regime. he met with the leaders of egypt, turkey and saudi arabia and demanded that egypt, turkey and nations stay out of syria's domestic affairs. egyptian and turkish leaders, urged assad to step down. >>> a british newspaper says syrian government leaders have given serious thought to using chemical weapons against their own people. the allegation appeared in an interview in "the times" newspaper. the newspaper quotes a former army officer who was in charge of syria's chemical arsenal. he held the post until he defected to turkey three months ago. the unnamed official said he took part in a meeting where military officials discussed using chemical weapons. he said they considered
will have to come. but when they say that they gave assad, first of all let me put it this way. that i carried a year after the conflict started, and i'm sure they're going to say the same about others taking off, what is it that should've been done, and could have been done, by the international community that the discussion and the mediation with assad stopped us from doing. i also felt that if we had had that concerted and determine support with pressure on the parties, we probably could have had a chance for the plan. >> host: support and pressure from where? >> guest: from the international given that the community was never united, and russia was not going to really put pressure on assad, your mission in a sense was set up to fail. and that just gave assad an excuse, a time, bought him time in which he could carry on killing his citizens. >> guest: i'm not sure you're entirely right, right. i know the argument, that people say that you have many people, even today, who are not interested in negotiations and in diplomatic effort. they see the only solution as a military one. they
: president assad has to go? >> ( translated ): i reiterate what i said before. there's no room for president assad to do anything but leave. there's nothing-- no room for what they call a political reform-- that change is what they need. what the people of syria wanted. and the-- the people of-- the will of the people of syria need to be respected. >> rose: if you cannot achieve that by negotiation, is force necessary to support the rebellion against the assad government? >> ( translated ): i'm against the foreign intervention by force in what happens in syria. i do not condone this and i think that it's a big mistake if it happens and i don't want to see this happen and i do not agree to this. egypt does not agree to this. however suppose what's most likely to happen is that this quartet with the cooperation of the international community and the great powers of the world they will solve the problem. >> rose: but most people believe that the other members of the quartet-- the turks and the saudis-- are supporting the free syrian army and the iranians are supporting the assad government. the
al-assad continue their near-ceaseless assault. meanwhile senators john mccain lindsey graham and joseph lieberman wrapped up their visit to iraq where they urged top officials to support the effort to overthrow assad. newly elected egyptian president moment morsi surprised some this week appearing to stand strong against assad warning that his time won't be long. joining me now to discuss the late nest syria is marc ginsberg, former u.s. u.s. ambassador to morocco who also served as deputy senior adviser for middle east policies to president carter. welcome. >> thank you. >> with the report of chemical weapons, this sounds treacherous. >> it does. you indicated there are hundreds of thousands of refugees streaming across syria's northern border with turkey and southern board with jordan creating an humanitarian crisis for relief, but think of the untold thousand who is are injured and wounded inside the cities who no longer have relief coming to them. >> eliot: this is a humanitarian crisis. i do not see the international community organizing itself to handle the refugee cris
be willing to speak with bashar al-assad. does that offer still stand? >> if he will step down i will meet him anywhere outside of syria. >> reporter: what would you say? >> i don't know, i-- i have no idea. i've never met him. but i-- you know, i would hope that it would not be too late to end this. but i see no indication that he's willing to. >> with assad unwilling to step down the syrian opposition is fighting not just on the battleground, it's also fighting from outside syria. and information war. charlie d'agata got a rare look behind the scenes. >> reporter: from a secret location in jordan-- a handful of journalists are risking everything to make sure the world doesn't turn its back on syria. the opposition channel syria alshaab meaning syria of the people broadcast powerful and graphic amateur video and live reports from inside the war zone. this is where we have it. >> they left a comfortable life in virginia and moved thousands of lives away. >> everyone in syria that has a cell phone or camera, they want to show people what is going on. >> because it is available in syria it g
the pressure on the syrian regime, saying it is time for bashar al assad to leave power. he also said the needs to be a regional solution to the conflict in the country. >> meanwhile, turkey's prime minister said the assad regime is now running a terrorist state in syria and said the lack of action by the international community is worsening the bloodshed. >> the turkish prime minister expressed his frustration at the lack of international action on syria in a speech to his party. he pointed to one recent incident that he said revealed the true nature of the assad regime. >> they cut off the outside world for a whole week. they raided each house and massacred 300 innocent civilians. there is no difference between them and separatist terrorists. the syrian regime has become a terrorist state. syrians continue to flee across the border into turkey. ankara has called for greater help from the international community. refugees say they have no choice. "if the situation was ok in syria, people would stay there, but it is not, so they have to come to turkey. turkey has to find a place for them to sta
actively supporting the opposition to bashar al-assad for humanitarian reasons and for reasons of our values. we believe in freedom for people, not the tyranny of bashar al-assad. i think that would be popular thing to do. in the arab world, as they watch what is happening in syria, if they wonder why the rest of the world why we are standing by. theirs is horrible crisis going through the muslim world. -- there is a horrible crisis going on through the muslim world. the government in libya has been very clear against the attacks, apologizing to the u.s. for the libyans who participated in the killing of the americans. why? and they know we were on their side in the uprising against gaddafi. the people rising up against al- assad do not know that. the moderate islamist government was elected in tunisia and has been outspoken in support of the u.s.. that is one way to break through this perplexing anti-american feeling in the muslim world. >> of light to turn to a major national security threat -- i'd like to turn to a major national security threat that could overtake terrorism. that
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